The University of Missouri System and @mire are currently developing an integration between DSpace and ORCID, an infrastructure for persistent digital identifiers for researchers. The project pursues two distinct goals:
Lowering the threshold to adopt ORCID for the members of the DSpace community
ORCID offers an API, allowing developers to build points of integration between ORCID and third party applications. Today this still requires individual members of the DSpace community to implement front-end and back-end modifications to the DSpace source code in order to leverage these APIs.
Because DSpace is meant as a turnkey Institutional Repository platform, not every institution using DSpace has software development resources available to implement this kind of functionality.
By contributing a solution directly to the core DSpace codebase, this threshold to adopt ORCID functionality in DSpace repositories is effectively lowered. The ultimate goal is to allow easy adoption of ORCID without customization of the DSpace software, by allowing repository administrators to enable or disable functionality by means of user friendly configuration.
Address generic use cases with appealing end user functionality
This proposal aims to provide user friendly features for both repository administrators as well as non- technical end users of the system. The addition of ORCID functionality to DSpace should not come at the cost of making the system more difficult for administrators and end users to use.